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    I loved this new addition to the series.

    Wow, it's been awhile since I've visited the Clean Slate Ranch, just over a year since the last book was released. This is a series that I have really loved and enjoyed and Lucky Break didn't change that one bit. This was a pretty emotional story and I shed tears several times while reading it. Lucky Break is book 4 in the Clean Slate Ranch series but can be read as a standalone. For full enjoyment of the characters, though, I recommend reading at least book three, Saddle Up because it introduced Shawn, one of the two MCs (main characters) in Lucky Break. Shawn loves his job as sous chef at the saloon in Bentley Ghost Town. When the town shuts down for the holidays, he doesn't know what he's going to do. No one knows that he's been living out of his car for the past two years. And no one knows the other secret he's kept about why he left his home with his grandparents. Robin's life was literally saved by the owner of Clean Slate Ranch and he will be forever grateful. When he first sees Shawn on a horse Deja vu hits him and he thinks he's seen the ghost of his dead husband. We don't find out all of what happened to his husband until quite late in the book. So, both of these men are keeping secrets from each other, and from their friends. As the story goes along the secrets are revealed to readers bit by bit. As I said above, this story contains a lot of information that brought on the tears but I didn't feel like it was unbearably angsty. Lucky Break is more of a slow-burn romance than the other books in this series. For most of the story the heat level is fairly mild but the love between Robin and Shawn comes through. They both have insecurities to work through that impact their relationship but they do get resolved. Lucky Break is ultimately a great romance. It's "part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!" When I got to the end of the book, I was happy to learn that there will be at least one more book in this series, Hard Ride, coming in early 2020. As I said in my review of book three, I wouldn't mind visiting Clean Slate Ranch again, and again, and again. 😊 A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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    A sweet, slow-burn romance

    I enjoyed reading this sweet, slow-burn MM western romance with a second-chance undertone. The plot is quite well-written & interesting with likable characters who have unresolved personal issues & miscommunication problems. There is some good support from the secondary characters. There is: a former rodeo star & widower (Robin) with devastating memories & guilty feelings comes into contact with new chef (Shawn) who looks almost exactly like his deceased husband (Xander) & resolves to stay away from him but the attractions slowly begin to flare, some twists, drama, memories, secrets, frustration, friendship, strange attraction, misunderstandings, friendly advice, law enforcement, helpfulness, apologies, heartbreaking news, emotional turmoil, anxiety, verbal conflict, protectiveness, explanations, decisions, miscommunications, longings, jealousy, confrontations, confusion, anger, compromises, love, happiness & a interesting but satisfying conclusion.
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    Enjoyable

    Although this isn't my favorite by the author I did mostly enjoy it. Shawn and Robin were likable characters and I enjoyed seeing their relationship evolve, even though there was pain and loss in their past the storyline was not really angsty. This is the first book I've read in the series but that did't stop me from enjoying it. *I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by NetGalley*
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    I loved Lucky Break

    I really loved Lucky Break. Shawn’s character and his caring for his grandparents is so sweet and admirable. I loved Robin, a little broken and caring. They were a great couple and I loved reading their romance. I love books with chefs/cooking involved, I always relate at least a bit to those characters. It was a sweet, slow burn story and had a few bumps, who doesn’t like that in a story. I loved that the mc’s from the rest of the series were integral in this story. I love Clean Slate Ranch series and I think this was a great book and I absolutely recommend this story.
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    Disappointing

    Lucky Break is part of the Clean Slate Ranch series, and while past characters are in this one, it can stand on its own. That said, this book drove me crazy. The pacing is incredibly slow, like moves as a snail's pace slow for about two-thirds of the way through. In fact, I set this one aside several times and even thought about giving it up more than once. I felt like I was just meandering along waiting for something to happen. I did like Robin's patience with Shawn, and both guys had their own issues to work through, but the many what-ifs began to grow tedious long before anything substantial happened between this pair. Even after they decide to explore their attraction, the doubt continues, and it continues some more. Yes, I completely get that Shawn had plenty of reason to be insecure, but his inner monologue of doubt about the relationship was repetitive and after a while, annoying. But here's the thing - these guys talk about a ton of stuff, they talk about their feelings, about their experience or lack of in Shawn's case, about family, and so on. They talk about everything except the important stuff, and when that stuff is all revealed, none of it is anything that would break them up. In fact, anyone who would leave someone over the things these guys are dealing with wouldn't be worth the time or trouble. So, in the end, I just didn't get it. This one could've easily been cut in half, and we still would've gotten the meat of the story, and the angst level would've been significantly lower. I have no problem with angsty romances, but this felt like angst just for the sake of angst. I read the last book in this series and liked it enough to continue with this one, but I think this may be the end of the Clean Slate Ranch series as far as I'm concerned.

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